News and gossip from the past two days at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly agreed a deal with Valencia for Roberto Soldado. This morning it was reported that talks between the two parties were ‘ongoing’ after Spanish media last night suggested the deal was as good as done.
However this evening it is reported that Spurs have finally met his release clause, believed to be £26 million, and it is said Franco Baldini brokered the deal via telephone.
A deal should be completed this week.
The Gareth Bale latest now and not much has changed. The Welshman is still said to be ‘in turmoil’ over Tottenham’s decision to reject a world record transfer bid for the player.
Tottenham skipper Michael Dawson has spoken about Tottenham’s aspirations this season - suggesting that the clubs sole aspiration is to qualify for the Champions League:
"We missed out on the Champions League last season, so our aim at the start of this campaign is to make sure we are in it next year. We have to fight for that.’’
Spurs were in action this weekend - facing South China on Saturday morning. They dealt out a thrashing to their Hong Kong rivals - winning 6-0. Jermain Defoe bagged a hat-trick with the other goals coming from Clint Dempsey, Andros Townsend and an own goal.
Edin Dzeko has been highlighted as ‘plan B’ for Spurs should they somehow miss out on Roberto Soldado this summer. This is despite City manager Manuel Pellegrini suggesting that Dzeko was going nowhere.
Jan Vertonghen is facing a fight to be fit for the start of the new season. The Belgian twisted his ankle playing in Hong Kong against Sunderland and there are fears he will not be available come August.
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